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SIU Touch of Nature Maple Syrup Festival

We host several community focused events that highlight the excitement and learning that happens here throughout the year, while showcasing the natural beauty of our outdoor spaces.

These events help us fulfill parts of our mission, including enhancing learning and to increase environmental awareness.

SIU pancake breakfast

Maple Syrup Festival

The 2021 Maple Syrup Festival has been canceled. See you all next year!

Enjoy two full days of family fun at the annual Maple Syrup Festival.

Welcome to all ages, this event includes demonstrations, children's activities, artist booths and live music, and a pancake breakfast.


Haunted Hollow

Sunday, October 24

The Haunted Hollow provides a perfect Halloween atmosphere for everyone with a balance of laughs and gasps in a safe and fun environment, featuring a haunted hayride and cabin, frightening foods, as well as other family-friendly activities.


Wander Down Music Festival

October 8-10

Enjoy three full days of live music, art, outdoor education workshops for all ages, barn dance, kids trick or treat in the artist village, band scramble, open mic, and much more at the Wander Down Music Festival!

SIU Touch of Nature Alumni

All Staff Alumni Reunion

Spring 2022

We're hosting our first ever All Staff Alumni Reunion. Touch of Nature alumni can join us for a celebration of past and current dedicated staff members.